Below are a selection of messages from President Burstein to the campus community, editorials, and other writings on a variety of subjects. 

Fall 2021 Plan Update (April 28, 2021)

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 1:09pm
Dear Lawrence Community,  A few weeks ago I shared the news that the Lawrence Pandemic Planning Team (LPPT), in consultation with campus colleagues and public health experts, was developing plans for Fall Term.  In the meantime, our community commitment to Honor the Pledge has continued to keep infection rates below 0.5% for most weeks during this academic year.  Many members of our community have also …

Welcome to Spring Term (March 30, 2021)

Wed, 03/31/2021 - 11:59am
Greetings Lawrentians,  Welcome to Spring Term whether you have joined here in Appleton or you are joining from around the globe.  Spring has always brought thoughts of renewal for me and, I expect, for many of you as well.  After a long 12 months of the pandemic, we do seem to be turning a corner.  I am looking forward to attending outdoor athletic competitions and campus events again, to hearing music across the campus, picnicking on …

Anti-Asian Hate Crimes (March 19, 2021)

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 9:50am
Dear Lawrence Community, The recent shootings in the Atlanta area mark another tragedy involving gun violence. We mourn the loss of the lives of all eight victims. But the fact that six of those killed were women of Asian descent serves as a troubling reminder of the increase in anti-Asian hate incidents, harassment and discrimination in this …

Commencement 2021 (March 18, 2021)

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 4:07pm
Dear Seniors,    As Winter Term comes to a close I am sure most of you have started to think about Commencement. I am pleased to announce that Lawrence will host an in-person, outdoor Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m.  Like many of the events since last March, Commencement 2021 will look different than in …

University Update on Efforts to Create an Antiracist Equity-minded Campus Culture (January 14, 2021)

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 3:20pm
Dear Lawrence Community, Like many of you, I am still digesting last week’s assault on the Capitol:  What does it mean for me?  What does it mean for Lawrence and our learning community?  The symbol of Confederate flags paraded through the nation’s capital continues to be in my thoughts and nightmares.  With many of us …

Welcome to Winter Term (January 7, 2021)

Thu, 01/07/2021 - 4:54pm
Dear Lawrence Community, I am sure all of you expected Winter Term to be unlike any other, but events, both national and local, have solidified the start of this new term as one that we will never forget.   The vision of a mob storming the nation’s Capital yesterday violated the very core of what we …

Community Health & Safety (October 1, 2020)

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 10:07am
Dear Lawrentians,  In this unprecedented time, our goal of protecting the health and safety of our community is more important than ever. Each week—and often every day—brings news that is deeply troubling, whether it is our nation surpassing more than 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 or the presence of a potential hate crime in a neighborhood near …

Matriculation Convocation 2020: Finding Home- Belonging During a Pandemic

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 2:46pm
Allison, thank you for that unusual and warm introduction and for your leadership of the Public Events Committee this year.  I look forward to seeing how you and the Committee reinvent our community gatherings.  Thank you Professors Gomez, Oh Zabrowski, Sieck, Spears and Swan for that beautiful prelude.  You made an excellent selection this year …

A Message from President Burstein & the Board of Trustees (September 11, 2020)

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:26pm
Dear Lawrence Community, I write to inform you that this academic year will be my last at the University. Serving as president of Lawrence for the past seven years has been the greatest honor and pleasure of my professional life. We have accomplished so much together: launching new curriculum and teaching methods; renewing campus infrastructure; and …

Fall 2020 Plans (7/14/2020)

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 2:04pm
Dear Lawrentians,  After two months of thoughtful collaboration across campus, we announce today that the university will offer all Lawrentians the opportunity to live and learn on campus this fall. We will also provide a distance learning option for the fall term for those who decide not to return to campus, whether it is because of health concerns; an inability to observe all the essential safety protocols described in this letter and …